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Library Assessment Plan—Goal 2

Objectives: 2a | 2b | 2c | 2d

Department/School/Administrative Unit:  University Libraries
Submitted by: Academic Year: 2003-2004
Program Title and Degree (if applicable)

GOAL 2: INFORMATION EMPOWERMENT -- The student's information skills as foundations for life-long learning are developed or enhanced

Intended Educational (Student), Research or Service Outcomes, Administrative Objectives or Expected Results (In this section, clearly articulate the expected results related to each goal. Try to make the objectives results-oriented). It is best to specify the objectives for each goal--e.g., Goal 1 may have two objectives labeled as Objective 1a and Objective 1b)

OBJECTIVE 2b: First-year students can use finding tools effectively to identify useful resources and locate needed information (learning outcome)
  • Performance Criteria/Indicators for Success (What will students/customer be able to do, to be, possess or perceive when the goal is accomplished? The National Center for Research, Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (1996) defines criteria as "guidelines, rules, characteristics, or dimensions that are used to judge the quality of student performance. Criteria indicate what we value in student responses, products, or performances." The student will be able to do the following: 
    • Identify the campus library as a primary source for class-related information
    • Delineate the elements of information (e.g., author, title, topic, call number, etc.) that are used as access points in the library's basic finding tool
    • Describe how typical citation elements help differentiate publications as books, journals, newspapers, non-print media, or Web sites
    • Identify potential sources of information
    • Create search strategies appropriate to the finding tool (e.g., online catalog, printed index or electronic database), using appropriate keywords or phrases, Boolean operators, or subject headings
    • Interpret search results to access full-text online or to locate physical copy in a campus library or externally through Interlibrary Loan. 
  • Performance Activities 
    • Students enrolled in the Freshman Experience will attend an interactive multimedia presentation highlighting library services, resources, policies and library layout.
    • English 002 students will attend 1-2 hour library instruction sessions to learn how to navigate the library home page, Sterling, and general databases
    • International Students will attend an interpretive tour and hands-on library session to familiarize themselves with library layout, policies and procedures.
    • Center for Academic Reinforcement enrollees and students in the Graduate Expository Writing Program will complete online library tutorials with embedded quizzes to master basic searching techniques 
  • Methods of Assessment 
    • Pre- and post-tests to measure participants' learning
    • Focus group comprised of 10-12 students who participated in library sessions or completed the online tutorial.
    • Survey Questionnaire
    • Bibliography prepared by CAR or Expository Writing students
  • Use of Findings 
    • Advise English 002 Coordinator of any shortcomings detected
    • Revise exercises for CAR and Expository Writing participants
    • Revise library tour and workshop for international students'orientation 
  • Feedback Channel and Assessment Timeline 
    • Teaching librarian
    • Class or Program Instructor
    • Student 
    • University Assessment Committee 

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